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I haven’t been interested in biking all my life. It wasn’t until I was 14 — the year I had my biking dream — that I started pedalling. In the dream, I picked up a bicycle I found on the sidewalk and simply started riding.
After that, I used my brother’s bike to practice for real, and on my third go, I hit the road to travel to my high school classes. Then, I wanted my own bicycle, because anyone that lives on hand-me-downs knows the great feeling of finally having something that’s your own. That’s where Charlie’s Freewheels came in for me.
Read the full post: “Youth Master Mechanics: Charlie’s Freewheels” on Dandyhorse Magazine.
The Ministry of Transportation has released a draft cycling strategy [PDF], the first update to its cycling policy goals in 20 years. The proposed new strategy aims to improve cycling education, infrastructure, legislation, and interest—but it has received mixed reviews from the cycling community, and for good reason.
Let’s start with some with some facts, as stated in the strategy. Ontario has 630,000 cyclists who hop on a bike daily. Nearly 48 per cent of Ontario residents ride a bike at least once during spring, summer, and autumn. About 50 per cent of those 630,000 daily cyclists use cycling as their main mode of transportation, meaning they use two wheels to get to school, work, shopping, errands, or friends’ homes. The draft doesn’t say where these cyclists are, but we’d guess a lot of them are here in Toronto.
Read the full post: “New Provincial Cycling Strategy Draft Is Underwhelming” on Torontoist.